This chapter addresses some of the challenges of “fast” forms of tourism that has come to typify the modern day visitor experience. The authors consider how through embedding principles of “slow tourism,” tourist-historic cities like Cambridge (UK) can encourage temporally longer, symbolically deeper and meaningful tourism experience that celebrate local authentic and diverse resources and settings. In turn, the authors argue these principles can prevent economic leakage and more evenly distribute bounties of the visitor economy in to regional and local spaces to support a more sustainable approach to community development. The chapter unpacks these debates, justifies why this is a critical tourism movement required for twenty-first-century urban spaces, and proposes the new “Slow Phases” framework to help spearhead such change.
Mike Duignan: orcid.org/0000-0003-1539-2310
Chris Wilbert: orcid.org/0000-0003-0852-408X